Patriots release eight players

With the 53-man roster limit deadline looming on Saturday, the Patriots got a head start on roster cuts on Friday afternoon, releasing eight players.

Linebacker Ricky Brown; offensive linemen Jonathan Compas, Mike Berry, and Corey Woods; running back Richard Medlin; defensive lineman Darryl Richard; tight end Carson Butler; and wide receiver Buddy Farnham, all longshots to make the final roster, were those released.

The Patriots' roster now stands at 72 players. They will have to reduce their roster to 53 players by Saturday evening.